SADC summit to discuss xenophobic violence in South Africa

Government has deployed the army to xenophobic violence hotspots including Alexandra.

Thousands of people took part in the anti-xenophobia march, calling for end to attacks on foreign nationals in Johannesburg on 23 April 2015. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

ZIMBABWE - Reports from Zimbabwe say a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit that will be held in Harare this week will discuss the recent xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Government has deployed the army to xenophobic violence hotspots including Alexandra after at least seven people were killed in clashes that began in Isipingo, south of Durban late last month.

The SADC summit will also discuss industrialisation in the region.

The xenophobic violence isn't on the main agenda of this summit.

But an official in Zimbabwe's foreign affairs ministry has told the Sunday Mail that it is likely to be discussed.

Permanent Secretary Joey Bimha said SADC heads of state who won't be meeting until Wednesday may well come up with a resolution on the issue.

The violence is still making headlines in Zimbabwe.

The Sunday Mail carries a front-page report on a Zimbabwean man who had part of his buttocks sliced off in Durban in early April in an attack that Zimbabwe's ambassador to South Africa believes was linked to xenophobia.